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Choreomania: Dance and Disorder

Kélina Gotman


This book traces the emergence and spread of the choreomania concept through colonial medical and ethnographic circles, showing how fantasies of instability—and of the Oriental other—haunted scientific modernity. Scenes from the archives of medical history, neurology, psychiatry, sociology, religion, and popular journalism show how the discursive history of the ‘dancing mania’ moved and transformed with its translations throughout the colonial world. From antiquarian references to ancient Greek bacchanals and medieval St. Vitus’s dances, to scientific reperformances of early modern religious e ... More

Keywords: dance mania, St. Vitus’s dance, archives, epidemic madness, chorea, Michel Foucault, colonialism, revolution, translation, disciplines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190840419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190840419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kélina Gotman, author
Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies, King's College London